Things to do in Melbourne
Our Ink Hotel Melbourne Southbank difinitive city guide will start you off in the right direction
Voted as one of the worlds most livable cities in 2018, Melbourne has a super cool vibe and an Aussie sense of laid-back fun. 167 Hotel Melbourne Southbank, is located in Melbourne’s Southbank Wharf. Which is just a five-minute tram ride into the Melbourne CBD, a ten minute Uber or a pleasant 15-minute walk via Queens Bridge.
Melbourne is a diverse and ever-changing city – which also includes the weather, be sure to pack outfit options for all seasons in a day. Melbourne perfectly melds together a unique culture of; world-renowned art scene, 24/7 nightlife, a passionate love of sports and a boasting calendar of fashion and food festivals all year.
One of the best ways to explore Melbourne is to let yourself get lost amongst the labyrinth of laneways within the city centre, each of which has it’s own unique charm and history.
You’ll discover hidden bars, art galleries, live music, a mix of world-class and hawker style restaurants and local and designer boutiques. And of course, amazing coffee.
The vibrant mix of fashion, sport, art and dining means you’ll never want to leave Melbourne.
Art Galleries in Melbourne
With a collection of more than 70,000 works, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest gallery and hosts an incredible range of exhibitions throughout the year.
From August to October – NGV is hosting the super cool, NVG Friday Nights – where you can view the current exhibition, ‘China’s Ancient Terracotta warriors, enjoy dinner at the Hutong Dumpling Bar, followed with late-night live performances by some of Australia’s coolest indie bands in ‘NGV’s Great Hall.
Without a doubt, Melbourne is Australia’s food cap-it-al. Each area has its own historic charm and flavour (pun intended).
From the infamous Lygon Street (aka Little Italy) to Richmond’s down-to-earth cafe’s, such as; Top Paddock and Touchwood any cuisine that is your favourite can be found in Melbourne.
When you walk down Flinders Lane around 5 pm and wonder what that massive queue is all about, congrats—you’ve just stumbled across, Chin Chin. Pop your name down for a table and expect about a 2-hour wait – Don’t like waiting? Go Go Bar, located downstairs, it is super cool and exactly where you should be enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail or two.
If seafood is your vibe, you can’t miss an evening at Icky Jimmy; which, is not a hipster name.
It’s pronounced ‘icky jimmy’ and refers to a Japanese sustainable fishing practice, where the fish are line-caught and ethically killed. For an entertaining and delicious experience, get a seat at the open kitchen on the chef’s table where you can watch the chefs make the dishes while you dine.
Lastly, no visit to Melbourne is sufficient unless you’ve had a late night in a wine bar, especially during the colder months. The CBD has loads of neat little wine bars but a new one worth a few hours or several is Embla, located on Russell Street. Like any wine bar, it’s the vibe that matters, and Embla is your perfect blend of city sophistication / I feel right at home.
Rooftop Bar Melbourne
Experience the city like a local and get on top – Melburnians love a rooftop bar. No matter the season, Thursdays, Fridays and Sunday’s are the best days for an afternoon tipple over views of the city. Melbourne’s rooftop bar scene is something not to be missed and you’ll be hard pressed to walk 4 blocks without bumping into one.
A few of the must visits are The Emerson in Richmond, Naked in the Sky in Fitzroy, Rooftop Bar ( this one is a Melbourne institution) and Siglo on Spring Street.